We are 15 races down in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the 16th race of the season, The Toyota/Save Mart 350,  happening this weekend at the Sonoma Raceway at Sears Point in Sonoma, California.

A week after that or on June 30th, the season’s 17th race will take place at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race is named TheHouse.com 400 and it is a 267 lap race around the 1.5-mile race track.

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Kyle Busch is the defending race champion of TheHouse.com 400. The win was Kyle Busch’s second of the event as he also won in 2008. The winningest driver in this race is Tony Stewart who won it in 2004, 2007 and 2011. Four other drivers who are currently in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series, including Busch, have won this race twice. Kevin Harvick won back to back in 2001 and 2002. Brad Keselowski was victorious in 2012 and 2014 while Martin Truex Jr. won in 2016 and 2017 before Busch ended his streak.

The list of NASCAR betting odds for the 2019 TheHouse.Com isn’t out yet because as we said at the top of this article, there is still a race happening this weekend in California. But even though we don’t have the numbers yet, let’s preview the 2019 TheHouse.com 400 and give you our predictions.

Before we pick a winner, let’s take a look at who we should consider as favorites to win the race. To do that, let’s take a look at the latest Nascar drivers standing and see who the top performers of the season are because form is one of the important to consider in NASCAR betting.

Here are the latest 2019 Monster Energy Nascar Series Cup standings. Totals were updated after the last completed race of the season, the Firekeeper’s Casino 400:

Rank Name Points Wins Top 5
1 Joey Logano 614 2 8
2 Kyle Busch 605 4 9
3 Brad Keselowski 541 3 6
4 Kevin Harvick 539 0 5
5 Chase Elliott 531 1 6
6 Martin Truex Jr. 499 3 6
7 Denny Hamlin 491 2 6
8 Kurt Busch 485 0 4
9 Ryan Blaney 434 0 4
10 Alex Bowman 433 0 3

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Joey Logano has taken a nine-point lead over Kyle Busch in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series standings after winning the Firekeepers Casino 400. Although he only has two race wins this season, Logano has 8 Top five and 11 Top 10 finishes this season. Logano has not finished lower than 7th in seven out of the last 8 races and has made it to four podium finishes during that period. Although he hasn’t won this race yet, Logano has finished inside the Top 8 in six out of the last installments of the race.

Kyle Busch fell one spot down to #2 in the current driver’s standings. Busch is the winningest driver this season with four races won so far. He is also the most consistent driver this year with 14 Top 10 finishes, including 9 Top 5 finishes,  in the first 15 races of the season. He is the defending race champion in TheHouse.com 400 and has finished in the Top 10 in six out of his last seven starts in this particular race.

Brad Keselowski has won this race already twice this decade, the last being in 2014. Keselowski is currently third in the standings and has three wins already this season. Keselowski has not finished lower than 6th in three out of his last four races, including a win at Kansas. He’s been consistent in Chicago with Top 10 finishes in the last 8 editions of this race.

Kevin Harvick is one of two drivers to have won this race in consecutive years, achieving the feat in 2001-02. He is also 4th in the driver’s standings this year despite not having won a race yet. Harvick has 10 Top 10 finishes this year. Harvick has finished in the Top 5 of this race in six out of his last nine appearances in Chicago.

Chase Elliott is 5th in the standings and he’s displayed good form as of late. Since winning the GEICO 500 this year, Elliott has four Top 5 finishes in five races. He was third in this race in 2016 and second in 2017 but plummeted to a 19th place finish last year.

Martin Truex Jr.has won three out of the last seven races of the season. Truex may still be lagging behind in the driver’s standings but his three race wins rank him second to Kyle Busch in most wins this season. Truex won this race in 2016 and 2017 and was 4th here last year.

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I like Kyle Busch and MartinTruex Jr. in this race. Not only are they the last two winners of this race, but they are also in the Top 6 in the standings. Both are also racing excellently in the last couple of races with Busch having six Top 10s in his last seven races and Truex winning three out of those seven races. The betting odds aren’t out yet and I’m curious how these two will be priced. Whoever has the better betting value between these two is the driver I’m picking.

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